We've grown so accustomed to the idea of the 8-hour (or longer) workday, that anything shorter seems like it would be just plain unproductive, or some kind of office pipe dream.
However, a few companies in Sweden have implemented a 6-hour workday, and their reasons for doing so are pretty awesome.
More Time For You Means Higher Productivity
Linus Feldt, CEO of the app-development company Filimundus, has recently switched his company over to a 6-hour workday. His reasoning?
"To stay focused on a specific work task for eight hours is a huge challenge... In order to cope, we mix in things and pauses to make the workday more endurable. At the same time, we are having it hard to manage our private life outside of work. We want to spend more time with our families, we want to learn new things or exercise more," he says.
He believes that by giving his employees more time at home to do what makes them happy, they'll be more willing to come into work in the morning. In order to accommodate the 6-hour workday, managers asked their employees to stay off social media during work time, and some weekly meetings were cut out of the schedule.
Feldt has seen almost no negative effects from the switch, saying that employees have been just about as productive in six hours as they would've been in eight.
Employees More Loyal
Another CEO who switched her company to a 6-hour workday, but three years ago, Maria Bråth, says on the company's website, that, "once you’ve gotten used to having time for the family, picking up the kids at day care, spending time training for a race or simply just cooking good food at home, you don’t want to lose that again. We believe that this is a good reason to stay with us."
She believes that their 6-hour workday contributes to company loyalty. By showing her employees that the company cares about them in a very tangible way, by giving them more time away from the office, that they are much more willing to stay with her.
Bråth says that she has seen higher levels of productivity and creativity, and that her employees are happier and come into work more well rested. Feldt has seen similar results in his company. He says, "I am absolutely sure that more and more people would choose more free time before a high salary."
More and more private companies in Sweden are switching to this new business model, and seeing positive results. Here's hoping that it spreads to more countries!
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